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BAGHDAD -- Insurgent groups in one of Iraq's most violent provinces claim they have purged the region of three-quarters of al Qaeda's supporters after forming an alliance to force out the foreign fighters.If the story is accurate, many of those who fled may have landed in Baghdad:
If true, it would mark a significant victory in the fight against Abu Musab Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, and could partly explain the considerable drop in suicide bombings in Iraq recently.
"We have killed a number of the Arabs including Saudis, Egyptians, Syrians, Kuwaitis and Jordanians," London Daily Telegraph quoted an insurgent representative in the western province of Anbar as saying.
Security in Baghdad has drastically deteriorated recently and reached its latest spike with the multiple bombings of yesterday.Although Mohammed also notes that
Looking at the time pattern of violence escalations we can notice that spikes in attacks curve coincide with the sessions of Saddam's trial which indicates that followers of Saddam are still strong and active inside Baghdad and it seems that those are isolating themselves from the developments in the Iraqi scene even with regard to their politician friends and public base so to speak as the latter had changed their methods and switched largely to political means of opposition.Meanwhile, Omar isn't convinced the stories from Anbar are completely true. And he makes a convincing case for who may be responsible for the latest wave of killings in Baghdad.
You are just as dangerous to Iraq as Saddam was or al-Qaeda is.Elsewhere, Hatem J Mukhlis, M.D., secretary-general of the Iraqi National Movement and a member in the Iraq interim transitional assembly writes
I worked in Basra for a whole year, and I was the only secular person in town of 50,000 devout Shia. They didn't hate me, they didn't hurt me and I never felt afraid of being there. On the contrary, there was a great deal of mutual respect between me and the locals I was in contact with.
Al-Qaeda was already murdering Iraqis back then but Iraqis knew who the bad guys were and they didn't alienate or generalize the term 'terrorist' over an entire portion of the community.
It's you and hateful thugs like you who got us to this point….God damn you.
Fundamentalism, especially the Islamic type coming from our neighboring country, has wreaked the necessary havoc to retard development of democracy in Iraq.The common thread? You've just read reports from Iraqis who are more than tired of those who would bring violence to their country - and they know who those people are.
Iranian hegemony over Iraq was best achieved by denying others the right to freely compete and get what's rightly theirs. The strong religious convictions of Middle Easterners were fully exploited for this purpose. Let's not overlook the fact that those fundamentalist theocrats would stop short of nothing to reach their goals. Exporting terror is a tool to preserve their power. A Newton style reaction is in order. The People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran could provide the missing link in this phenomenon.
Recognizing that fundamentalism, expressed through state-sponsored terrorism, is the first step toward finding the solution for all the problems in Iraq.
This is perpetrated by Iraqis but actually pushed by Iranians. Civil liberties and democratic options can only thrive when these radical activities are discontinued.
The PMOI has steadfastly confronted Iran's oppressors for more than 27 years. They are staunch Shi'ites and strong believers in genuinely democratic foundations of Islam. Women stand tall in the organization's structure and hierarchy. This makes the PMOI a unique, democratic entity worthy of enabling support to combat the Iranian terror in Iraq.
It is especially interesting to note the danger posed by export of terrorism sanctioned in the Iranian constitution. The constitution states the Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (RGCI) are not only charged with protecting the country's borders but also with an ideological duty to crusade and expand God's rule around the world.
Another part of the preface to the Iranian Constitution states that the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran paves the way for continuing the revolution inside Iran and abroad. It also allows and calls for expanded relations with other popular movements with similar goals. This per se serves as an umbrella to support all forms of fundamentalism.
The Iraqi ship that has been rocking violently amid raging waves of the Middle East ocean will one day settle ashore. Those who have helped it safely reach that shore will be well remembered, thanked and rewarded.
Posted by qbdb at March 16, 2006 01:58 AM
When will this end
It will end in Iraq, when the resolve of the Iraqi people is seen as so strong, and long, that the terrorists and thugs will realize that the "return on investment" in terrorism is negative.
It will end worldwide, when the resolve of free people is seen in the same way.
This war went "hot" on 11 September 2001, in part because our enemies perceived ... by looking at our history from Vietnam to the USS Cole... that we lacked the resolve to decisively oppose them. This is also why they are so persistent now, in their attacks against the Iraqi people (which, BTW proves that such as these are NOT "freedom fighters", as true freedom fighters do not target the innocents of their own nation).
It's not the number of troops ... or new military technology ... or even the amount of money poured into reconstruction ... that will make the critical difference that assures victory for free people. All these things will help pave the way ...
... but the essential ingredient is RESOLVE.
We must outlast them ... or we will end up facing the choice of surrender to Sharia, or taking the lives of millions in a last-ditch, nuclear defense of our civilization.
The war in Somalia ended not through US involvement, but when the Somalis decided for themselves that they were tired of war and enough people had died. Iraq will likely end in much the same way.Posted by David Earney at March 16, 2006 09:59 AM
David, the outcome will greatly depend upon who gets tired first.
If those Iraqis who are now seeking freedom tire first, the war might end ... but the killing and suffering will go on, and on -- perhaps even supported, once again, by their government.
If the terrorists and thugs are the first to tire, the killing and suffering will end ... replaced by freedom and hopeful opportunity.
It all depends on who outlasts who.
If the following is true, Iran is already so intrenched in Iraq that it may take a civil war to remove them.